Rohit Sharma’s side Mumbai Indians became the first team to qualify for the play-offs after bulldozing hosts Delhi Daredevils [DD] by 146 runs at Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday. West Indians duo Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard struck blazing fifties before their bowlers came up with clinical show to crush the home team by the biggest-ever margin in IPL history. The lacky batsman [Simmons], who replaced dynamic batsman Jos Buttler at the top of the order, displayed ominous form in his very first game of the season to smash 66 off 43 balls before the all-rounder Pollard came to the party with a 35-ball 63 to take table leaders MI to an imposing 212 for three.
The home side expected to put up a fight, especially after chasing of 185 and 208 in the last four days at the Feroz Shah Kotla and were shot out for 66, the lowest total this season. Their talent rich batting line-up came a cropper versus a disciplined the visitors attack, especially spinners Harbhajan Singh and Karn Sharma who picked up three wickets apiece.